DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 12th, 6:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cassell Coliseum (9,847) -- Blacksburg, Virginia. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: BC 7-8, VT 9-5. Away Record: BC 0-5, VT 3-6. Neutral Record: BC 1-3, VT 1-0. Conference Record: BC 3-7, VT 2-7. Series Record: Boston College leads, 14-7.
GAME NOTES: Two teams battling to stay out of the cellar in the ACC meet at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg this evening, as the Boston College Eagles pay a visit to the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Boston College is suffering through a painful season, losing two of every three games overall and sits with a 3-7 record in conference play. The Eagles are coming off their biggest win of the season however, as they upset nationally-ranked Florida State on Wednesday, 64-60.
Though Virginia Tech has found plenty success outside of the ACC with a 11-4 record in non-conference games, it has not fared well since the start of the new year. The Hokies have lost eight of their last 10 games and find themselves a dismal 2-7 in conference. They are coming off a humiliating 65-49 loss Miami-Florida on Thursday.
Boston College has doubled up Virginia Tech in the all-time series, 14-7. The Eagles have won three of the last four meetings, including the first matchup this season, 61-59, on January 14.
Boston College has the ACC's worst offense both in terms of points per game (59.5) and field goal percentage (.407). Though the Eagles still struggled from the floor in Wednesday's game, shooting just 39.6 percent, they stepped it up from beyond the three-point line, draining 10-of-22 long-range shots. The defense was solid in the win as well, holding Florida State to 39.6 percent shooting and 5-of-20 three-point field goal efficiency, while forcing 14 turnovers. Freshman Jordan Daniels led BC with a career-high 21 points, well up from his 6.4 ppg average for the season, while adding five assists, three steals, and four three-pointers. While the Eagles had four players reach double figures in points against FSU, they have just one who averages at least 10 ppg on the season in Matt Humphrey (10.3 ppg). Ryan Anderson adds 9.6 ppg and ranks 10th in the conference in rebounding (6.8 ppg). Overall however, Boston College is the worst team in the ACC on the glass, boasting a rebounding margin of -5.2.
Virginia Tech owns a respectable +4.6 scoring margin on the year, behind its seventh-ranked (in the ACC) scoring offense (66.6 ppg) and its fourth-ranked defense (62 ppg). The offense has been suspect of late though, scoring fewer than 70 points in 11 straight games, culminating in a 49-point performance on Thursday where the Hokies shot just 35.2 percent from the floor and committed 15 turnovers. Erick Green was the lone bright spot for the Hokie offensive attack as he netted 17 points and has now scored in double figures in every game he's played this season. Green ranks sixth in the ACC in scoring with 15.7 ppg and he shoots a solid 46.1 percent from the floor, which includes a 36.6 percent showing from three-point range, and he converts his free throws an impressive 84.0 percent of the time. Dorenzo Hudson adds 11.2 ppg and Jarell Eddie contributes 9.8 ppg while knocking down 45.6 percent of his long- range shots. Virginia Tech has been able to ice games down the stretch thanks to its league-leading .749 free-throw percentage.
Though Boston College's confidence is sure to be at its highest points this season after knocking off Florida State, it has yet to win on the road and despite Virginia Tech's recent struggles, the Hokies typically get the job done on their home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 67, Boston College 62
02/12 10:31:57 ET
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